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LEARN HOW TO FACE THE FACTS WITHOUT WEAKENING YOUR FAITH

“TRUST VERSUS FAITH” – A comprehensive study.

 

Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.

   Many of us who follow Jesus Christ are following a pattern that equates trust and faith equally. Those of us who live in the United States know that even on our money we find clearly written, “In God We Trust,” yet Trust is not Faith. I would dare say that much of our nations claims to “trust” in the LORD, yet many have no “faith” in the LORD.

Faith is of far greater value and use than trust.

There is a scripture that says this:

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” James 2:19

Many, including demons, “believe” that there is ONE God and (think about this, consider this, dwell upon this, pause and give this thought) they shudder. Although they believe and they shudder the fail to pass from trust to faith. Today I am led to share a very in depth study with you about “Trust Versus Faith” and I know that you will be supernaturally blessed from the revelations that will pour forth. You may ask, “How do you know this?” It is because the revelations flowed to me from Holy Spirit when I requested with a sincere heart for Holy Spirit to teach me the distinct differences between “trust” and “faith.” He never fails to teach thing that astound and build up.

Along this journey you will discover that faith trumps trust and that at very critical and crucial moments in your life you will either move from trust into faith or you will shrink back from trust to fear. Let’s not get to far ahead, but I did want to wet your spiritual appetite a bit as we dig deep and obtain greater revelations in Jesus name.

READ ALL OF THIS: (It is very important to look back to the original language and the original intention of the writer who was inspired by Holy Spirit so please take the time to reasonably review the information below)

Strong’s Concordance

?????? verb trust

batach: to trust

Original Word: ??????
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: batach
Phonetic Spelling: (baw-takh’)
Short Definition: trust (??????)

 

NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin
a prim. root
Definition
to trust
NASB Translation
bold (1), careless (1), complacent (3), confident (2), fall down (1), felt secure (1), have (2), have confidence (1), put my trust (3), put their trust (2), put your trust (1), relied (1), rely (8), secure (5), trust (51), trusted (15), trusting (3), trusts (19).

with ???, trust or rely upon

with ??? trust to

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

 

be bold confident, secure, sure, careless one, put confidence, make to hope, put,

A primitive root; properly, to hie for refuge (but not so precipitately as chacah); figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure — be bold (confident, secure, sure), careless (one, woman), put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust.

see HEBREW chacah

Strong’s Concordance

 

chasah: to seek refuge

Original Word: ?????
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: chasah
Phonetic Spelling: (khaw-saw’)
Short Definition: refuge

NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin
a prim. Root
Definition
to seek refuge
NASB Translation
has a refuge (1), seek refuge (3), seek shelter (1), sought refuge (1), take refuge (25), taken refuge (3), takes refuge (3).

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

have hope, make refuge, put trust (??????)

A primitive root; to flee for protection (compare batach); figuratively, to confide in — have hope, make refuge, (put) trust (??????) .

see HEBREW batach

 

BREAKING DOWN THE HEBREW WORD LETTER BY LETTER:

I’ve discovered that each Hebrew letter can stand alone and tell its own story and when those stories (letters) are grouped to form Words then they speak clearly and precisely about God’s revelation to the Holy Spirit inspired writers of God’s Word.

 

BREAKING DOWN THE THREE HEBREW LETTERS THAT FOR THE WORD

TRUST (??????)

?????? verb trust

 

Letter #1

??? BET = A created dwelling place, a tent or a house with a window or door, a covering and a temporary foundation. Implies temporary, or temporary dwelling place to dwell, as in a tent.

Letter #2

?? TET = A good or beneficial foundation. The tet – ? represents hidden, inverted beneficence.

Letter #3

? Het =  ( Lo behold thee) A courtyard or thread of wisdom

 

My Transliteration:

Behold! Trust (??????) alone is only a courtyard, an entryway, a thread of wisdom. It is good and beneficial and represents a hidden benefit, but it is a created dwelling place, a tent with a window and door on a temporary foundation. Trust (??????) is a temporary place to dwell.

Let’s go much deeper…

Trust is a verb. This is very important because it is something that we do, an action word. Yet faith (?????) is a noun, which defines it as a person, place or thing. That’s a huge distinction because “trust” (??????) is what you do and the “Faith” (?????) is that “invisible substance” that we all struggle to take hold of in the fullest way.
When Peter said, “Lord if it is You, then bid me to come to You!” Peter was acting mainly upon trust (??????) and less upon faith (?????). Trust (?????? ) is temporary and is often adaptive to and animated by what you see, hear and experience. Trust (??????) is animated by our natural senses. When Peter saw the waves and the wind and he lost sight of Jesus, His trust (??????) factor became affected and he began to sink. Jesus said, “Ye of little faith (?????), why did you doubt?” Jesus did not say, “Ye of little trust (??????)!” but rather “Yeah of little faith (?????).”

Most of us operate in the trust (??????) realm in our Christian walk with Christ for much of our lives and precious few operate truly in the faith (?????) realm. Trust (??????) is again a verb. Faith (?????) is a noun. Trust (??????) is an action that one takes. Faith (?????) is an invisible tangible substance like a person, place or thing, something that can be touched. Faith (?????) is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things seen. (Hebrews 11:1) Faith (?????) is a substance. Faith (?????) is evidence.

God works in covenants and His covenants are both oral and written. Faith (?????) is the certain unwavering confidence in God, in Jesus and the Holy Spirit and in the written or oral Word of God which can be seen (substance) and by it we have all the “evidence” that we need for the things that we hope for.

When God spoke to Abram and called him to go forth, Abraham believed God by faith (?????). Faith (?????) in what? Faith (?????) in the substance of the covenant of God’s spoken Word. Abram became Abraham the father of faith (?????), not simply because he trusted God, but rather because he put faith (?????) in the promise, the spoken Words of God. Based on Abram’s “faith” (?????) in that substance of spoken Word covenant Abram trusted God and walked out his calling by faith (?????), trusting God along the journey. Even when he could not see God he had “faith” (?????) in God. Both faith (?????) and fear are flesh motivators, yet fear will motivate the flesh to recoil from God and His promises while faith (?????) will propel us headlong to the arms of God.

When Jesus was on the cross there came a time when He could not see God because God separated Himself from Jesus for an instant as Jesus became sin on the cross. Jesus Himself reached a critical moment in His walk with Abba when He transcended from “trust” (??????) to “faith” (?????). Upon the cross Jesus said, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?” Jesus crossed from trust (??????) over to faith (?????). He was saying to God, “I can’t see you anymore, so because I can’t see you I can’t find the trust (??????) factor within my natural senses to trust (??????) you but I choose to take my stand upon Your Words to Me, Your Covenant with Me by faith (?????).” Even if I cannot see you I will stand by the substance of Your covenant (?????) and Your Words to Me.

This is so important for those of us who have huge callings and visions from God, because there will come times when the enemy muddies the water and clouds our vision. There will come sure attacks, arrows and spears from the enemy, so as to confuse the mind, obscure the vision, test the resolve and examine the motivations. There will come moments when people will hate you, family may attack you and the world will seek to destroy you. At those moments in time one has to shift fully over from trust (?????? ) in God to faith (?????) in God. A failure in those precise moments will lead to a shift from trust (??????) to fear and fear brings and has attached to it great torment and great havoc. Prepare your heart and mind now to know that even as you walk in trust (??????) and faith (?????) there will comes times when you will have to decide to shift fully over into the faith realm and so honor God and so walk in miracles, signs and wonders.

When Jesus sent out the 12 and then the 72, He purposely did not go with them. Why? It was because up until that time the disciples had been mostly operating in trust (??????). They had come to trust (??????) Jesus. He was there with them. They could see Him and talk to Him and they came to rely upon Him by trust (??????). Jesus sent them out and He did not go with them. Why? It was so that they would transcend from “trust” (??????) to “faith.” (?????)

Once they got out there far away from the physical presence of Jesus their “trust” (??????) turned to “faith,” (?????) as God worked through them to cast out demons, to heal the sick and to bring eye sight and the Good News to the lost. They shifted to a place of 100% reliance (?????) upon the WORDS of Jesus, the Covenant of Promises from God and they prevailed in the mission. They cast out demons, healed the sick and performed miracles because God was now working through their faith (?????) and not their trust (??????) alone.

When God speaks to us and gives us promises and His Word and we also have His covenants, the Bible which we can see, touch, read and handle as a substance from God, it is then that we can place faith (?????) in that Word and see the evidence of all of the things that we hoped for. We can find it in the Word and we can have it by faith. (?????)

When Jesus was resurrected and then ascended into heaven, He spoke some Words that we can now better understand by revelation. He said, “It is better for you that I go away!” He then went on to explain how the Father would send Holy Spirit to teach them and to guide them, but that Holy Spirit could not come in power until Jesus had vacated the earth to be seated upon the Throne. What was Jesus saying to His disciples? What was He talking about? I’m pretty sure they all felt confused at this saying, “It is better for you that I go away!” How could it be better? What could be better than having the Messiah, the beloved Son of God right there with you working miracles in front of you and teaching the people about Abba? What could be better that that?

Essentially Jesus was saying, “It’s better for you that I go… because while I am with you, you tend to operate in a temporary way (??????) —that is beneficial, but is only a thread of wisdom. It’s a thread of wisdom that won’t get you through the eye of the needle. For that you need faith. (?????) You tend to operate in trust (??????) instead of faith (?????) , because you can see Me while I am physically present with you. Trust (??????) operates by sight, whereas faith (?????) operates by the substance of My Words and Covenants which are tangible. (Selah)

People say that “faith (?????) is blind” and it is true in the sense that faith (?????) should not operate by what is reported to it by the eye gates, the ear gates, the nose gates, the touch gates, the taste gates. Trust (??????) operates by those gates, but faith (?????) operates only by the Words of God, spoken or written, as God operates in faith (?????) by and through His covenants. Faith (?????) says, “Even though my eyes see the sick, God’s Word and His covenant with me is that the sick shall be healed!” Even though my mind, or the enemy says, “You cannot do this!” God’s covenant and His Word says that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

Peter like most disciples, then and now, operated mostly by trust (?????? ) rather than by faith. (?????) They trusted God as long as everything that they could see, taste, feel and smell all lined up with the Word that they received or what they read in the Bible. But what happens when the reports that you receive through the gates of the eyes, ears, touch, smell and hearing all report a vastly different supposed reality— than which God told you or what His Word says. What do you do then? (Selah)

Well what did Peter do? Peter saw the waves, felt the splashes of water, heard the winds howling and when he lost temporary sight (??????) of Jesus he was supposed to cross over into operating by faith (?????) and not by trust (??????) in sight alone, but because he was conditioned to operate by trust (??????) when things didn’t look right, smell right, taste right or feel right or even sound right it was then that he panicked, he shrunk back, he sank. Why? Why? Why? It was because he was still operating in the “trust (??????) factor” alone instead of the “faith (?????) factor.”

The Word says that without “faith” (?????) it is impossible to please God.

Hebrews 11:6

“And without faith (?????) it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

To have trust (??????) in God and to have faith (?????) in God are distinctly and vastly different.

In Hebrews 11 we read of all of the great people of “faith” (?????) who received from God “by faith.” (?????) Some received their dead back to life. Their eyes, their noses, their ears, their touch, revealed a dead cadaver, but some of them had received a WORD from God, a covenant Word that trumped “trust” (??????) and crossed over into the “faith (?????) realm” and “they stood in faith” (?????), unwavering and saw their dead come back to life. Are you with me? Do you see it? They are not referred to as “heroes of trust (??????)” but rather as “heroes of faith (?????).”

 

 

 

DISSECTION OF THE WORD “FAITH (?????) IN HEBREW”

Faith

(eh-moo-NAH) n.  KEYWORD. Faith. (?????) Firmness; Steadiness; Fidelity; Steadfastness (Ex. 17:2. Deut. 32:4). Practically speaking, emunah implies that a person, at the core of their heart, believes in the existence and presence of the One True God. (?????)

Faith (?????) is defined as confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion, as well as confidence based on some degree of warrant.[1][2] It can also be belief that is not based on proof. The word faith is often used in the English language as a synonym for hope, trust, or belief. Yet we have discerned that the words are very distinct and different words in the Hebrew language.

 

Faith:
????? [emunah: e-mu-NA]
? Aleph = ox, bull, strength, leader, first / Letter #1

The letter Aleph is the “father” of the Aleph-Bet, whose original pictograph represents an ox, strength, and leader. It’s numerical value is one (and also 1,000) and it is a silent letter. Aleph therefore is preeminent in its order and alludes to the ineffable mysteries of the oneness of God. Indeed, the word aluph (derived from the very name of this letter) means “Master” or “Lord.”

Mysteries of Aleph
In Kabbalistic literature, the upper Yod (meaning an arm) represents the hidden (and infinite) aspect of YHVH called ein sof (???? ????, lit. “without end”), whereas the lower Yod represents the revelation of YHVH to mankind. The Vav, whose meaning is “hook,” shows connectedness between the two realms. Vav is also thought to represent humanity, since Adam was created on the sixth day. Vav is diagonal since it is humbled in the face of God’s mystery and His revelation. The two Yods also indicate the paradox of experiencing God as both hidden and close, far and near.

“In the beginning God created et” (Gen 1:1). Note that et is an untranslatable word used to indicate that “a definite direct object is next” (thus there needs to be an et before the heavens and the earth). But Dov Ber points out that et is spelled – Aleph-Tav, an abbreviation for the Aleph-Bet.  Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and Tav the last, so, he reasoned, in the beginning God created the Aleph-Bet. Since God did this before creating the heavens and the earth, the letters are considered to be the primordial “building blocks” of all of creation.

Aleph is a picture of Messiah’s Intercession
From a Messianic point of view, Aleph represents Yeshua the Mashiach as our Intercessor and Kohen Gadol. The two Yods represent outstretched arms or hands reaching both to mankind and to God. The diagonal Vav represents the sacrifice of Yeshua on our behalf. And since Yeshua is the Aleph and the Tav, the letter represents His divinity, His humility in silence as He opened not His mouth when He was unjustly accused, and so on.

Aleph Pictograph
The pictograph for Aleph is the ox or bull, representing strength:
? Mem = water, massive, overpower, chaos / Letter #40

The thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called “Mem” and has the sound of “m” as in “mom.” The Mystery of Mem
In Jewish Mysticism, Mem is the letter of “water” (mayim), symbolizing the “spring” of the Torah. Just as the waters of an underground spring rise upward from an unknown source to reveal themselves, so does the spring of wisdom rise up from the mysterious Source that is God. This flowing stream of the inner wisdom can be expressed through the gift of man’s speech:

“The words a man speaks are deep waters, A flowing stream, a fountain of wisdom.” (Proverbs 18:4)

The Meaning of Mem
Traditionally, Mem has several related meanings: “waters,” “people,” “nations,” “languages,” and “tongues.” The name of the letter probably signifies water itself, and its most ancient forms bore a resemblance to waves of water. As such, Mem represents the sea of Torah, the ocean of Talmud, knowledge, wisdom, etc.

Open and Closed Mem (In Faith) the MEM is open:

As mentioned above, Mem has two forms: an open form and a closed form. The open form (pesucha) is said to represent the revealed truth of God (as demonstrated by Moses), whereas the closed form (stumah) is said to represent the concealed truth of God (as demonstrated by the Mashiach, the revealer of mysteries).

“Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” (Matt 13:10-11).

The Messiah and the Closed Mem
In Isaiah 9:7, a closed Mem appears where an open Mem normally should appear. In the phrase lemarbeh hamisrah, “his rule will be increased,” the Mem in lemarbeh is a final (closed) Mem:

The Jewish sages have said that this passage was originally about righteous King Hezekiah, a type of Mashiach (Messiah). However, since he failed to offer shirah (a song of praise) to the LORD on account of the destruction of Sennacherib’s army, the open Mem was “closed off,” and the advancement of the royal rule from Judah blocked until the coming of the true Mashiach. Now the closed Mem represents the era of Mashiach, when He shall reign upon the earth and there shall be no end to His healing peace.

Interestingly, as Messianic believers, the passage from Isaiah 9:6-7 is a clear reference to the deity of Yeshua as God the Son, the Lion from the tribe of Judah:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isa 9:6)

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isa 9:7)

Mem represents divine Omniscience
A Hebrew Name of God is makom, meaning “place.” Note that this Name includes both an open and a closed Mem:

The sages have taught that God’s Presence is both open and revelatory, yet is also shrouded in deep mystery, closed off to the apprehension of human reason.

Mem represents two aspects of God’s rule
Mem is also said to represent two aspects of God’s rule: malkhut (kingship) and memshalah (dominion), as indicated in Psalm 145:13:
Oversized Mem
An oversized Mem appears in the word Mishlei in Proverbs 1:1:

According to some scribal traditions, the Mem is here enlarged because Solomon is said to have fasted 40 days and 40 nights before writing the Proverbs, in order to emulate Moses and to prepare himself for the “open” revelation from the LORD.

Jesus gives the Living Water
The Lord Jesus is the only One who truly satisfies the inner thirst we have for real life and ultimate satisfaction. Emunah (faith) in Him yields refreshment and healing for those whom He has called as His own:
? Vav = nail, secure hook / Letter #6

The sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called “Vav” (pronounced “vahv”) and has the sound of “v” as in “vine.”

? The Mystery of Vav
The first Vav in the Torah occurs in Genesis 1:1:

The placement of the Vav suggests two of its essential connective powers:

  • By joining heaven and earth () it implies the connection between spiritual and earthly matters.
  • Since it occurs as the 22nd letter in the Torah attached to the sixth word, (et), it alludes to the creative connection between all of the letters. Vav is therefore the connecting force of the God, the divine “hook” that binds together heaven and earth.

THAT DIVINE HOOK IS FAITH (?????), THE SUBSTANCE, WHICH IS GOD’S ORAL AND WRITTEN WORDS OF COVENANT IN WHICH MAN CAN PLACE HIS TRUST.

Vav and the Tabernacle (mishkan)
The word Vav is used in Exodus 27:9-10 to refer to the hooks of silver fastened to posts (called amudim) that were used to hold the curtain (yeriah) that encloses the tabernacle:

Just as the tabernacle was the habitation of God while the Israelites traveled in the wilderness, so the Torah is the habitation of His word today. Therefore, the scribes developed the idea that the Torah Scroll was to be constructed in the manner of the tabernacle. They called each parchment sheet of a scroll a yeriah, named for the curtain of the tabernacle (there are roughly 50 yeriot per scroll) and each column of text an amud, named for the post of the tabernacle’s court.

Now since each curtain of the tabernacle was fastened to its post by means of a silver hook (vav), the scribes made each column of text to begin with a letter Vav, thereby “hooking” the text to the parchment:

The laws of writing a Torah scroll are called soferut. There are over 4,000 “laws” or rules used by scribes to prepare a kosher scroll. For instance, the Torah must contain exactly 304,805 well-formed letters in 248 amudim (columns or pages). Each yeriah (sheet of parchment) must come from the hide of a kosher animal that has been specially perpared for the purposes of writing. Special inks are used and whenever a scribe writes any of the seven Names of God, he must say a blessing (l’shem k’dushat Hashem) and dip his quill in fresh ink.

A Torah scroll may contain no errors of any kind or it is considered passul (invalid). Each line of every amud is carefully read (backwards) by the sofer and compared against a working copy (called a tikkun). If an error is detected in a yeriah, it must be removed from the scroll and buried in a genizah, a sort of “cemetary” or repository for sacred texts (the most famous genizah is the Cairo Genizah).

? Vav is a picture of Man
Since Vav represents the number six, it has long been associated as the number of man in the Jewish tradition:

  • Man was created on the sixth day
  • Man works for six days – the realm of the chol and the mundane
  • There are six millennia before the coming of the Mashiach
  • The “beast” is identified as the “number of a man” – 666 (Rev 13:18)

The Broken Vav
Soferut (i.e., the laws concerning the scribal arts of writing Sefrei Torah) requires that all Hebrew letters be well-formed – that is, no letters can touch other letters and no letters can be malformed, broken, or otherwise illegible. However, there is a strange exception to these rules regarding the Vav that appears in the word “shalom” Numbers 25:12:

“Behold, I am giving to him my covenant of peace.”

In a Torah scroll, the word shalom would be written like this:

What is the significance of this broken Vav?

The story in Numbers chapter 25 is about Phineas (the grandson of Aaron the priest) and his zeal to remove evil from Israel by driving a spear through a man who was fornicating with a Moabite woman. On account of Phineas’ act, God stopped the plague and Israel was delivered from destruction. From a Messianic point of view, we can see that Phineas is a type of Yeshua, since it is written that “he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the people of Israel” (Numbers 25:13).

On a “sod” level we can further think of this broken Vav as picture of the brokenness of the Messiah for our ultimate deliverance. How so? Well, since Vav represents the number of Man, the broken Vav represents a man that is broken. In this particular pasuk (verse), the man has been broken for the sake of a covenant of peace that brought atonement to Israel – another picture of the Messiah Yeshua and His ultimate deliverance for us.

The Vav, Messiah, and New Creation
When God first created the “generations” of the heavens and the earth, the word toldot (??????) is used (Gen. 2:4).  This refers to created order before the sin and fall of Adam and Eve. After the fall of Adam, however, the word is spelled differently in the Hebrew text, with a missing letter Vav (i.e., as ?????). Thereafter, each time the phrase, “these are the generations of” occurs in the Scriptures (a formulaic way of enumerating the generations of the heads of families), the word is spelled “defectively,” with the missing Vav (?). The Vav was “lost.”  However, when we come to Ruth 4:18 the phrase: ‘These are the generations of Perez’ is spelled with the missing Vav restored (i.e., as  ??????). In all of Scripture, the only two places where we see the restored spelling is in Genesis 2:4 and Ruth 4:18, which leads to the question as to what connection there might be between the creation of the heavens and the earth, the fall of mankind, and the creation of the family line of Perez?

 

The name “Perez” (???) means “breach” (from paratz, meaning “to break through”).  God was going to “break through” the families of mankind in order to restore creation back to its original intent. The letter Vav represents man, and the very first Vav in the Torah is associated with the “first and last man” as seen in Genesis 1:1:

The Restored Vav is a picture of the Mashiach who would descend from the “generations” of Perez.  He would be the one to breach the gates of death on our behalf. Just as the original Vav was lost through the first Adam and his sin, so the Vav is restored through the obedience of the “Second Adam,” the Mashiach Yeshua.

? Nun = Fish moving, activity, life / Letter #50

 

The fourteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called “Nun” (pronounced “noon”) and has the sound of “n” as in “now.”
The letter Nun is the 14th letter of the Aleph-Bet, having the numeric value of 50. The pictograph for Nun looks something like a seed, whereas the classical Hebrew script (Ketav Ashurit) is constructed of a bent Vav with a crown like a Zayin:Nun is the third of the “double letters” in Hebrew, having both a “medial” form (kefufah) and an ending form (peshuta).

The Mystery of Nun
According to the Chaz’l (sages), Nun is said to represent both faithfulness and the reward for faithfulness. Moses is seen as the paradigmatic humble servant of the LORD.

The word “Nun” itself is spelled Nun-Vav-(final)Nun and looks as follows:

Rashi said that this orthography suggests that the one who is humble before God will stand upright in the final day. In the olam hazeh (present life), this means that the tzaddik (righteous man) will simultaneously affirm: “I am nothing but dust,” and “the world itself was made for my sake.” Humble yourself in the sight of the LORD, and He shall lift you up (James 4:10).

Yeshua and the Letter Nun
In Aramaic (the language of the Talmud), the word Nun means “fish,” a symbol of activity and life. The first mention of the word is in Exodus 33:11, in reference to Joshua, the “son of Nun.”  Joshua, the one who succeeded Moses and was able to enter the Promised Land, was the “Son of Life” – a clear picture of Yeshua our Messiah.

Notice that the form of the Nun represents a bent Vav (suggesting a humbled man) crowned with glory (the three tagin on the head of the letter).  From the Messianic point of view, we see that Yeshua came as a man (Vav), was honored by His absolute humility while upon earth (as indicated by the crown of thorns), and is now exalted as the Righteous One who wears the Golden Crown of God upon His head forever and ever (Rev 14:14).

The Symbol of the Fish and Jesus
The symbol of the fish has early roots in Christianity as an emblem of the Messiah Yeshua.  The word for fish in Greek is “ixthus,” which some believe was used as an acronym for the Greek phrase Yesous Christos Theou Uios Soter, or “Jesus Christ the Son of God Savior”:

  1. The Inverted Nun and the “Seven” Books of Moses
    The Torah includes a textual oddity that warrants a close look from believers in the Mashiach Yeshua. An inverted Nun (Nun Hafuchah) appears both before and after Numbers 10:35-36:And whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Arise, O LORD, and let your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate you flee before you.” And when it rested, he said, “Return, O LORD, to the ten thousand thousands of Israel.” (Numbers 10:35-6)
In the Talmud (Shabbat 115b, 116a) it is stated that any part of the Torah with 85 or more letters is itself considered a “book,” and therefore, according to some of the Jewish sages, this passage of Scripture actually demarcates a separate book of the Torah! If so, instead of the five books of Moses, we would have seven:1.  Genesis
2.  Exodus
3.  Leviticus
4.  Numbers (1:1-10:34)
5.  Numbers (10:35-36) [set apart by the inverted Nuns]:

6.  Numbers (10:37-ff)
7.  Deuteronomy
Before Moses would lead the Israelites to a new station in the wilderness, he would order the ark to be moved by the Levites and then would chant “Arise, O LORD, and let your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate you flee before you!” When the Shechinah rested, Moses would stop the procession of the camp and chant, “Return, O LORD, to the ten thousand thousands of Israel.”

However, on account of the “Sin of the Spies,” Israel was refused entry into the Promised Land, and the “story” of what follows after Numbers 10:35-36 – namely, the outbreak of fiery judgment and the subsequent exile – was sadly written as history instead. What should have been written is that the LORD (as symbolized by the presence of the ark) entered the land with the redeemed Israelites on account of their faith in His promises. According to these sages, this part of the Torah is “yet to be written” and will be altered when the Messiah comes.

Why don’t the Nun’s face each other? According to the Talmud (Yoma 54a), the two Nuns picture the two keruvim (cherubs) which hovered over the Ark of the Covenant. When the Jewish people pleased God, the cherubs would face one another; if, however, they were disobedient, these angelic creatures would turn away from one another in the direction of the Holy Temple. Sin causes a rip in the fabric of spiritual reality, causing the angels of God (symbols of the Divine Presence) to turn away….

From a Messianic perspective, it is fascinating to see that what immediately preceeds this “book” is the story of Yitro (Jethro), Moses’ Gentile father-in-law, who was offered to partake of the blessings of Israel. This is a perhaps a picture of the so-called “Church age” – i.e., the time when God would offer His salvation to the nations of the world (as represented by Jethro) just before a time of purging of national Israel. In other words, we can read this parenthetical “book” as a time of special dispensation for the nations of the world to turn to the “Son of Life” and be saved.

Gematria of Nun
According to Jewish gematria, Nun represents the number 50 – a number representing freedom and fullness of life.

  1. Nun represents Mashiach ben David
    Nun is the fourteenth letter of the alphabet, which equals “David,” the forefather of the Kingdom of Israel. The heir to David is Mashiach ben David, of whom is said: “As long as the duration of the sun his name shall rule”:May his name be eternal; while the sun lasts, may his name endure; let men invoke his blessedness upon themselves; let all nations count him happy. Psalm 72:17

    The sages interpret the verb yinon in this verse to refer to the Messiah, and may be literally read as “may His Name Nun (propagate).”

    Regarding the Mashiach Yeshua, one day all Israel will sing the final verses of Psalm 72 before Him and to the glory of the Father:

Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious Name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
(Psalm 72:18-19)

Crowned Letters
In some Torah Scrolls, eight Hebrew letters are given special adornment by attaching three “tagin” or crownlets to them.  Collectively these letters are sometimes called “sha’atnezgets” letters (for Shin, Ayin, Tet, Nun, Zayin, Gimmel, and Tsade).

Midrash ascribes the origin of the tagin as part of mattan Torah – the giving of the Torah at Sinai. The Talmud describes Moses wondering about why God was affixing these embellishments to certain letters of the Torah:

“When Moses went up to God, he found God sitting and putting little crowns on the top of the letters of the Law. He said to God, ‘Who is it that forces You to put crowns to the letters of the Law [which You have already written]? He replied, ‘A man is to appear on earth after many generations, Akiba b. Joseph by name, who will expound for each top of every letter of the Law heaps and heaps of rulings’….” Talmud (Menachot 29b)

Some people have wondered if these crownlets are the “tittles” referred to by Yeshua in Matthew 5:18, although it is unclear that the tagin were in use at that time. It is more likely that the “tittle” refers to the “kots” or “thorn” that projects from a letter.

 

 

? Heh = window, fence, to reveal / Letter #5

 

The fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called “Hey” (pronounced “hey”) and has the sound of “h” as in “hay.”
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The letter Hey is the fifth letter of the Aleph-Bet, having the numeric value of five. The pictograph for Hey looks like a man with his arms raised, whereas the classical Hebrew script (ketav Ashurit) is constructed of two Vavs (of the Dalet) with an unattached and inverted Yod that functions as the “foot” of the letter. The meaning of the name “Hey” is “look,” or “behold!”

? The Mystery of Hey
According to the Jewish mystics, Hey represents the divine breath, revelation, and light (the word “light” is mentioned five times on the first day of creation (Gen. 1:3-4), which is said to correspond to the letter Hey). Since the numerical value of Hey is five, this corresponds on a physical level to the five fingers, the five senses, and the five dimensions. On a spiritual level it corresponds to the five levels of soul:

  • Nefesh – instincts
  • Ruach – emotions
  • Neshamah – mind
  • Chayah – bridge to transcendence
  • Yechidah – oneness

? Hey represents God’s Creative Power
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6). In the Talmud (Menachot 29b) it is said that the “breath of His mouth” refers to the sound of the letter Hey – the outbreathing of Spirit.

Moreover, in the fifth word of Genesis 2:4, the hey appears smaller than usual:

This could be seen as “in Hey” they (i.e., the heavens and the earth) were created. Moreover, since Bet represents the Son of God (the Word of the LORD), we could read this as the Son breathed forth creation.
Hey and the Divine Name
The Sacred Name, , includes two instances of the letter Hey.

Hey and the Divine Presence
According to one midrash, Yod left Aleph to become part of Dalet, thus forming Hey. Since Aleph represents God and Dalet represents broken humanity, Hey is a picture of the presence of God within the human heart. This function of Hey can be seen when (Abram) was renamed to (Abraham) and (Sarai) was renamed to (Sarah).

Prefixive Hey
Hey functions as the definite article in Hebrew, a sort of demonstrative that points to the object and makes it concrete and definite. Thus (ish), a man, becomes (ha-ish), the man.

Suffixive Hey
Adding a Hey at the end of a noun “feminizes” it or allows it to be “fruitful” and reproductive.

Hey and Teshuvah
Since Hey is formed from Dalet and Yod, it can also be a picture of returning to God by means of the transforming power of the Spirit. Dalet stands for brokenness, and Yod stands for a hand. Opening the door of the heart then is a picture of the Spirit of God indwelling the believer, and this image also coheres with the idea that part of Aleph (God) is joined with Dalet to form the Hey.

Number total: #102 (See Psalms 102 below)

Faith in the Hebrew sense in the Hebrew Scriptures is simply a firm reliance upon God by holding fast to the word of promise, and confidently awaits for its fulfillment even through tribulations. Faith in the New Testament took on a deeper meaning.
????? – Emunah is faith in Hebrew

faith = ????? (emunah)

FAITH- The Hebrew word for faith is ????? (emunah – Strong’s #530) and is an action oriented word meaning “support”. This is important because the Western concept of faith ????? places the action on the one you have faith ????? in, such as “faith ????? in God”. But, the Hebrew word ????? places the action on the one who “supports God”. It is not knowing that God will act, but rather I will do what I can to support God. This idea of support for the word ????? emunah can be seen in Exodus 17:12.

But Moses’ hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat upon it, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady (emunah) ????? until the going down of the sun.

It is the support/emunah ????? of Aaron and Hur that held of Moses’ arms, not the support/emunah ????? of Moses. When we say “I have faith ????? in God”, we should be thinking “I will do what I can to support ????? God.

The Hebrew word for faith is ?????

Strong’s Concordance

emunah: firmness, steadfastness, fidelity

Original Word: ????????,
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Transliteration: emunah
Phonetic Spelling: (em-oo-naw’)
Short Definition: faithfulness

NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin
from aman
Definition
firmness, steadfastness, fidelity
NASB Translation
faith (1), faithful (3), faithfully (8), faithfulness (25), honestly (1), responsibility (1), stability (1), steady (1), trust (2), truth (5).

Brown-Driver-Briggs

???????? noun feminine firmness, steadfastness, fidelity Exodus 17:12 46t.; ????????? Proverbs 28:20. 1 literally firmness, steadiness: Exodus 17:12 ???????? ?????? ? his hands were steadiness (i.e. steady). 2. stead-fastness, ???????? ???????? steadfastness of thy times Isaiah 33:6. 3.faithfulness, trust: a. of human conduct Psalm 37:3; Proverbs 12:22; Jeremiah 5:3; Jeremiah 7:28; Jeremiah 9:2; 2 Kings 12:16; in office 2 Kings 22:7; 2Chronicles 19:9; 31:12; 34:12; (??) ??????????? in trust (over) 1 Chronicles 9:22,26,31; 2Chronicles 31:15,18; ??????? ? Psalm 119:30; ????? ????????? man of great faithfulness Proverbs 28:20; associated with ????? in human character ??????? ????? ???????? ? who breatheth out faithfulness sheweth forth righteousness Proverbs 12:17; compare1 Sam Proverbs 26:23; Isaiah 59:4; Jeremiah 5:1; ??????? ????????????? ??????? a righteous man by his faithfulness liveth Habakkuk 2:4 (> faith Luth AV RV). b. as a divine attribute Psalm 88:12; Psalm 89:2; Psalm 89:3; Psalm 89:6; Psalm 89:9; Isaiah 25:1; Hosea 2:22; Lamentations 3:21; ??? ???????? Deuteronomy 32:4; his faithfulness is shewn in his works Psalm 33:4; commands Psalm 119:86; in affliction Psalm 119:75; in his oath to David Psalm 89:50. it reacheth unto the skies Psalm 36:6; unto all Generations Psalm 100:5; Psalm 119:90; he will not belie it Psalm 89:34. It is ???????? ????? Isaiah 25:1; compare ???????? ????? Psalm 119:138. It is closely associated with the divine ????? mercy Psalm 89:25; Psalm 92:3; Psalm 98:3; Hosea 2:22; with the divine ????, ??????? Psalm 96:13; Psalm 143:1; Isaiah 11:5; & salvation Psalm 40:11.

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

faithful set office, stability, steady, truly, truth, verily

); or (shortened) >emunah {em-oo-naw’} feminine of ’emuwn; literally firmness; figuratively security; morally fidelity — faith(-ful, -ly, -ness, (man)), set office, stability, steady, truly, truth, verily.

see HEBREW ’emuwn
Faith numbers add up to 102. Psalms 102 speaks in the first half of the writer’s affliction and in the second half how even what he saw, experienced, felt, tasted and touched did not take away from the truth that by faith ????? men can trust God and be saved for generations to come.

Psalms Chapter 102 ??????????

?  ?????????, ??????? ???-???????–    ????????? ??????, ?????????? ???????. 1 A Prayer of the afflicted, when he fainteth, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.
?  ??????, ???????? ??????????;    ????????????, ??????? ??????. 2 O LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto Thee.
?  ???-????????? ????????, ?????????–    ??????? ???-???:
??????-????? ????????;    ??????? ???????, ????? ???????.
3 Hide not Thy face from me in the day of my distress; {N}
incline Thine ear unto me; in the day when I call answer me speedily.
?  ????-????? ???????? ?????;    ????????????, ????????? ???????. 4 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as a hearth.
?  ???????-???????? ????????? ??????:    ????-???????????, ??????? ???????. 5 My heart is smitten like grass, and withered; for I forget to eat my bread.
?  ??????? ?????????–    ???????? ???????, ??????????. 6 By reason of the voice of my sighing my bones cleave to my flesh.
?  ?????????, ??????? ????????;    ????????, ??????? ????????. 7 I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am become as an owl of the waste places.
?  ??????????? ?????????–    ??????????, ??????? ???-????. 8 I watch, and am become like a sparrow that is alone upon the housetop.
?  ????-???????, ?????????? ????????;    ??????????, ???? ???????????. 9 Mine enemies taunt me all the day; they that are mad against me do curse by me.
?  ????-?????, ????????? ??????????;    ???????????, ???????? ??????????. 10 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
??  ????????-???????? ???????????–    ???? ???????????, ????????????????. 11 Because of Thine indignation and Thy wrath; for Thou hast taken me up, and cast me away.
??  ?????, ?????? ??????;    ???????, ????????? ???????. 12 My days are like a lengthening shadow; and I am withered like grass.
??  ???????? ??????, ???????? ???????;    ??????????, ????? ?????. 13 But Thou, O LORD, sittest enthroned for ever; and Thy name is unto all generations.
??  ?????? ??????, ???????? ???????:    ????-??? ??????????, ????-??? ??????. 14 Thou wilt arise, and have compassion upon Zion; for it is time to be gracious unto her, for the appointed time is come.
??  ????-????? ?????????, ???-?????????;    ?????-????????, ?????????. 15 For Thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and love her dust.
??  ?????????? ??????, ???-???? ??????;    ?????-??????? ???????, ???-??????????. 16 So the nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth Thy glory;
??  ????-????? ?????? ???????–    ???????, ???????????. 17 When the LORD hath built up Zion, when He hath appeared in His glory;
??  ??????, ???-????????? ?????????;    ?????-?????, ???-???????????. 18 When He hath regarded the prayer of the destitute, and hath not despised their prayer.
??  ????????? ????, ?????? ????????;    ????? ???????, ????????-????. 19 This shall be written for the generation to come; and a people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
?  ????-?????????, ????????? ????????;    ??????, ??????????? ???-????? ???????. 20 For He hath looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
??  ?????????, ??????? ??????;    ?????????, ?????? ????????. 21 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
??  ???????? ??????????, ???? ??????;    ????????????, ??????????????. 22 That men may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem;
??  ??????????? ??????? ????????;    ????????????, ??????? ???-??????. 23 When the peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
??  ?????? ????????? ??? (??????);    ?????? ?????. 24 He weakened my strength in the way; He shortened my days.
??  ?????–?????, ??? ?????????? ???????? ?????:    ??????? ???????? ???????????. 25 I say: ‘O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days, Thou whose years endure throughout all generations.
??  ????????, ??????? ?????????;    ?????????? ??????? ????????. 26 Of old Thou didst lay the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of Thy hands.
??  ??????, ????????–    ???????? ???????:
????????, ????????? ???????;    ??????????? ??????????? ???????????.
27 They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure; {N}
yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall pass away;
??  ????????-????;    ?????????????, ??? ?????????. 28 But Thou art the selfsame, and Thy years shall have no end.
??  ??????-????????? ????????????;    ?????????, ????????? ???????. 29 The children of Thy servants shall dwell securely, and their seed shall be established before Thee.’

 

Faith:
????? [emunah: e-mu-NA]

? Aleph = ox, bull, strength, leader, first

? Mem = water, massive, overpower, chaos

? Vav = nail, secure hook

? Nun = Fish moving, activity, life

? Heh = window, fence, to reveal

My Tranliteration:

Faith ????? is the entryway, like a window or a fence that reveals the way to gain access to a permanent dwelling place ?????, covered by God, for all of the moving activities of life. It is a strong hook ????? and nail ????? to hang upon during massive overpowering chaos. Faith ????? will reveal the strong leader like an ox or a bull who goes first for God’s Kingdom and His glory no matter what His natural senses are reporting back to him.

CONCLUSION:

In conclusion we can think about how Israel dwelled in tents for the 40 years while they were in the desert. The desert was a place of “trust” in God because they could see the cloud that provided shade by day, the pillar of fire that provided warmth by night and the ROCK who followed them in the desert. They could go out daily and pick up the provision of manna from God who rained it down upon them as a blessing. Yet the inherent reason that the Israelites were in the desert in the first place was because of a “lack of faith ?????” in God. God told them that for every day that they had spent “exploring” the Promised Land (40 days) that they would spend one year for each day in the desert. God called said that the entire generation of unbelievers (those how trusted but sought to confirm by sight, touch, smell, feel and natural senses) instead of applying faith ????? in God’s Word and directions would die in unbelief in the desert.

It’s very interesting indeed that once the Israelites entered into the Promise Land to take possession of it then all of the miraculous provision ended. God had found Himself some ????? faith-filled co-workers who He could work through to establish His will, His kingdom on the earth. These people had become those who would stand up to giants and would subdue the land and defeat its inhabitants by faith ?????.

When the second time came and that group of Israelites stood at the river they shifted gears from TRUST (??????) into FAITH and it was like going from first gear to overdrive at high speed. God can work with a people of great faith ?????.

At your critical moments that will surely come, remember to not shift from trust (??????) to reverse, but rather to shift from drive (trust)(??????) into overdrive ????? and you shall overcome, by ?????.

 

 

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